Smith 5th Grade Blog 2012

Tangram Puzzle Pictures

Posted on: December 31, 2011

Last project for 2011. And WordPress – you rock! Just noticed that Edublogs won’t embed anymore videos unless we pay so here I am again. Always the technoexplorer…I had to try some new programs out tonight. I must confess that PhotoStory remains my favorite with Movie Maker Live a close second for slideshow presentations (and yes I use Animoto). Tonight I tried out Kizoa. Don’t bother if it is for the classroom only because you need to spend money to be able to download your movies. While Flixtime allows you one minute for a video presentation, it wasn’t too happy about the amount of pictures that I wanted to upload and it sent me packing along the virtual highway. Stupeflix uploaded the pictures fast, but I had lots of problems due to no controls over the animation and it chopped off most of our pictures.

I stumbled onto Slideshow DVD GUI tonight. Although I didn’t do anything fancy with it, I can see how it’s simplicity is very powerful. It did give me some strange file extension warnings and I ignored them. Also, I love the fact that it converts their movies automatically. No visits to the good ole Format Factory.

In any case, this is one of my favorite math projects of the year because it involves math, writing, art and, of course, technology. See if you can guess some of the pictures. Our students will add their story blogs about their pictures when we return from our break. And yes, some of the pictures are of Christmas trees because they were made the last day of school.

Also, just came across Photopeach again. I like the way it doesn’t cut off the pictures with its on-line animation. However, I don’t like that they charge for teachers in the classroom to download their projects. Why is it such a big deal to download? Because I know that not all web companies will stay in business or will become so successful that they will have enough customers to charge. I don’t want to lose all of our projects forever.

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